Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day. On the eleventh day, the eleventh month and the eleventh hour we shall stop for two minutes of silence and remember. The first minute will be to honour the soldiers who fought and died and fought and returned from battle or continue to fight battles. The second minute is to remember their families and how much their lives have changed. Lest we forget how great this country is because of their sacrifice.
Grandad Fred, 1940
In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky. The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago. We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie. In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae

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